Chelsea held to a 2-2 draw by 10-Man Burnley

Chelsea experienced frustration as Burnley quickly equalized twice, compelling Mauricio Pochettino's team to settle for a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea held to a 2-2 draw by 10-Man Burnley | English Premier League

Despite Cole Palmer’s two goals, Chelsea couldn’t secure a win as they drew 2-2 with 10-man Burnley at home in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Burnley rallied twice from behind, with Dara O’Shea netting the equalizer late at Stamford Bridge. Palmer’s performance marked him as the fifth player to achieve 20 goal involvements in his Premier League debut.

Despite Chelsea’s underwhelming season placing them in 11th, Burnley struggled even more in 19th, trailing by four points for safety.

In the first half, Chelsea squandered opportunities and had a goal disallowed 20 minutes in. However, they managed to take the lead with a Panenka kick from Palmer, slotting the ball down the middle from the penalty spot.

The decision to award Chelsea a penalty after a VAR review for a foul on Mykhailo Mudryk incited Burnley coach Vincent Kompany’s ire, resulting in a red card for his vehement protest. Lorenz Assignon, who received a second yellow card for bringing down Mudryk, was also sent off.

Burnley fought back against the flow of the game, equalizing when Josh Cullen volleyed home from 25 meters.

Palmer regained the lead for Chelsea in the 78th minute, capitalizing on Raheem Sterling’s flick.

O’Shea secured the equalizer with a header that goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic failed to handle effectively.

In another match Aston Villa continued their quest for Champions League qualification with a 2-0 victory over Wolves at Villa Park.

Unai Emery’s squad had slipped to fifth place following Tottenham’s late win over Luton earlier on Saturday, but they bounced back impressively in the Midlands derby.

Moussa Diaby opened the scoring in the first half, marking his first Premier League goal of 2024, before Ezri Konsa, fresh from his recent England debut, added a rare goal, albeit somewhat fortuitously.

Despite the fluky nature of Konsa’s goal, it mattered little as Villa reclaimed fourth position, three points ahead of Spurs, in their pursuit of qualification for Europe’s elite club competition for the first time.

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